Espanyol defender was forced to withdraw from Mexico’s roster for the 2015 Gold Cup due to injury, the national team chiefs have revealed.
The 27-year-old started the first warm-up game against Costa Rica, but was subbed at half-time as he suffered a recurrence of a foot injury.
Moreno is now set to undergo a surgery to repair the problem and Mexico coaching staff does not want to risk anything by taking him to the tournament finals.
“He’s been ruled out,” Mexico national team director Hector Gonzalez Inarritu told reporters. “We’re not going to risk him straining it too much and getting injured again.”
Moreno had a surgery on a fifth metatarsal six years back and it is the implant that has been causing him problems of late.
As a result, the Espanyol star will not be taking part at the 2015 Gold Cup, with Chivas Guadalajara defender Oswaldo Alanis (6/1) called to replace him.
Mexico continue preparations for the tournament finals with the friendly game against Honduras, before facing Cuba on Friday in their opening fixture.